From the Top Announces Local Performers for Houston Broadcast
April 19, 2012 2:04:00 pm
From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley, the preeminent showcase for young musicians heard weekly on Classical 91.7 FM will come to Houston to record a radio broadcast on May 12, 2012. The popular NPR radio program features the amazing performances and captivating personal stories of extraordinary young classical musicians from across the country. Presented by Houston Public Radio, tickets are available by calling 713-222-5400 or online at the Wortham Center's box office. From the Top’s 2011-12 National Tour is sponsored by U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.
The May 12 Houston broadcast taping will feature:
- 16-year-old cellist Charles Seo from Houston, Texas performing Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen accompanied by Christopher O'Riley
- 15-year-old pianist Esther Liao from Houston, Texas performing the Scherzo No.2 in B-flat minor, Op.31 by Frédéric Chopin.
- The Houston Youth Symphony (82 members with Michael Webster, Artistic Director and Conductor) performing Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No.3, Op.72b from his opera "Fidelio."
- 18-year-old horn player Shelby Nugent from Waterloo, IL performing the first movement (Massig bewegt) from the Sonata in F major by Paul Hindemith, accompanied by Christopher O'Riley.
- 17-year-old baritone Aaron Bigeleisen from Pittsford, NY. (Repertoire TBA)
This episode will air nationally and on Houston Public Radio Classical 91.7 FM in September of 2012 on a date to be determined.
Annually, From the Top's live tapings reach more than 20,000 live audience members of all ages. In conjunction with its national tour, From the Top, a Boston-based non-profit, offers leadership training to young artists and conducts classroom and community programs leveraging the power of its performers as role models for younger students. In addition, From the Top and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation award $10,000 scholarships to high achieving musicians with limited financial means. The program has invested more than $1.4 million in support for pre-college students since 2005. From the Top launched its multiple Emmy Award-winning PBS television series From the Top at Carnegie Hall in 2007.
From the Top's radio program is made possible through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and support from U.S. Trust. It is also supported through the generous contributions of individuals and foundations as well as public radio stations. From the Top's radio program is produced in association with WGBH Radio Boston and New England Conservatory of Music, its home and education partner. Learn more at www.fromthetop.org.